FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We hope this page helps to answer any questions you may have, especially if you've never been a guest with us before. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email Neil Simmonds, our Guest Services Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What time are your services? How long are they?
We have two Sunday morning services: one at 9:15 AM and one at 11:00 AM. They typically run about an hour and fifteen minutes (give or take a few depending on who’s preaching).
What should I wear?
Come as you are! At College Heights, you will see anything from very casual to somewhat dressy, vintage dresses to skinny jeans, classic to hipster. What you wear isn’t really important. We are more concerned for you as a person than for your fashion sense!
What kinds of things do you do in your services?
We usually begin with music and singing, followed by (in no particular order) a message or lesson, a quiet time to take communion, an opportunity to give an offering, and a time to pray together or individually. Sometimes there might be a video, a special song by the adult or children’s choir, or individuals sharing their personal stories of how God is changing their life.
What’s the music like?
There is a wide age-range of people who attend College Heights, and the music reflects that. On any given Sunday you will probably hear both classic hymns and current worship songs (although we definitely tend toward the modern stuff).
Do you have anything for kids?
We sure do! We have age-appropriate classes: Baby City (ages 0-2), Toddler Town (ages 2-4); KidCadets (Pre-K and K), and LaunchPad (grades 1-5) which meet during both services. We also have Bible school classes during the 9:15 AM service for grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. (They join the adults in the main worship service at 11:00 AM.) The classes are all run by staff and volunteers who love God and love kids!
Do you have classes for adults?
We offer a variety of Bible School classes for all ages on Sunday morning at 8:00 AM, 9:15 AM, and 11:00 AM. Find a list here. For more information, stop by the Information Center in the Atrium.
What about college age?
Glad you asked! At 9:15 AM they have a class over on our East Campus (which is the first house east of the main church building on Newman Road). Then they join the main worship service at 11:00 AM. On Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM the college age has a gathering called “Upper Room” in the Chapel that draws several hundred students from MSSU, Pitt State, Ozark Christian College as well as other colleges.
How big is the church?
Typically, we have about 600 in our 9:15 AM service, about 1300 in our 11:00 AM service and several hundred in our children’s programs.
Do you have Emergency Response Procedures?
Do you meet any other time besides Sunday mornings?
We have classes on Wednesday night for all ages from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM during the school year. (Middle School and High School meet from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.) Some people are also involved once a week in small groups (some people call them Life Groups, Home Groups, etc.) where a group of about 8-20 meet in someone’s home and eat together, share what’s going on in their lives, and pray for each other.
Can I listen to sermons online?
I speak Spanish. Do you have anything for me?
En el Centro de Información hay disponibles audífonos para escuchar en Español, el mensaje que se predica los domingos durante el servicio de las 11:00 AM. | Spanish translation devices are available at the Information Center and translation is offered during the Sunday, 11:00 AM service.
I am hearing impaired; do you have anything available for me?
Hearing devices for the hearing impaired are available at the Information Center in the Atrium. We also provide the services of deaf interpreters at the 11:00 AM service.
What are you doing to make a difference in the community?
College Heights supports many organizations that are making a difference in our local community such as God’s Resort, Life House, and Life Choices. We spear-head the Great Day of Service every September that sees over 2000 volunteers going out and showing God’s love in a tangible way throughout Joplin. We also offer a variety of support groups for addictions, divorce, single moms, and others as a way to help people through real life struggles.
Who are your ministers?
You can find out more about our staff and leadership by visiting the following links:
Our address is 4311 E Newman Road near the junction of Newman and Duquesne. We are located to the east of MSSU.
If you drive in Entrance C or D, you'll then enter doors that look like this:
We know...our building is a little crazy. The best place to enter is to turn off of Newman Road into Entrance C and park in the Guest Parking Lot. If it's full, there is more parking on the north side of the Worship Center.
If you have kids, you'll check in children ages 0-3 in the hallway outside of Toddler Town or Baby City and Pre K-Grade 5 in the foyer outside of the Chapel in the Southwest end of the building. Don't worry, there will be volunteers there to help you! (If you click on the image below, it will enlarge.)